Bond v0.7 - Diamonds Are Forever
Diamonds are Forever
This last official outing of Sean Connery as Bond is, very unfortunately, the low point for him. Diamonds are Forever is quite honestly, not a very good film.
While it does have a whole lot going for it, ultimately, it just doesn’t deliver. Similarly to Connery’s most previous outing, there are times here where it’s a bit too much like a comedy. Although some people go into a Bond film expecting wise cracks, impossible gadgets and big explosions - for me it takes away from what should be, the real Bond experience. Even early films of the series like From Russia, show tight directing, solid and grand - though plausible - plots, and “appropriate” acting and dialogue.
So what we are left with, is a series of fairly well thought out scenes, that just seem to sit there, with almost no relationship with each other. While that may be a tad unfair, its not too far from the truth. We see the real beginnings of the downfall of the later films here, with what is essentially a wild trapse across the globe, almost simply for the dramatic scenery effect of it. A lunch meeting in Paris, a covert message delivered in New York, or just a random explosion in Afghanistan… Diamonds seems to let this happen by scripting the path of two assassins - both the most hideous fags I’ve seen on the screen. I find it strange that dealers in the diamond smuggling trade allow themselves to be killed by such simplistic means - a scorpion down the shirt??
However it does have some redeeming features. There’s a brilliant car chase through Las Vegas in a super sexy Ford Mustang (Mach III for those interested!) climaxing with it squeezing through a laneway on two wheels - just a great scene!
So there’s a plot - I wont go into it, as it’s just over elaborate, with no shortage of crapulance. Bond gets captured, and “disposed of” by being placed in a pipeline… he wakes up and walks out… It’s just a real let down that the writers/directors don’t think these scenarios through. The film ends up steering us towards a homage/play on the reclusive Howard Hughes. Very cleverly changing his name to Willard White doesn’t fool anyone, and it’s once again a sad realisation that the series is steering towards the light humor and implausability of the later films. Such a shame, beacause where they started from - it was a really engaging and enjoyable experience. While the films are still enjoyable, they are heading into “fun” territory, and leaving behind what made these films so exciting - that they were potentially real.
It’s no surprise Connery left after this film - unfortunately for me, it’s the low point so far.
James Bond will return in…
Live and Let Die